Hey, Pinkfresh fans! It's no great secret that I love wrapping gifts. In my post today, I'm sharing a few thoughts on making layered gift tags and a couple of very quick packaging ideas. These are concepts for anyone who does not share my love and time commitment for wrapping presents!
I started by making a few tags with patterned paper pieces and some die cuts from Live More (all my supplies today come from the Live More collection, in fact). Oh, those rose gold details--they're gorgeous! For most of the tags, I used warmer-toned shades like pinks and oranges, with hints of yellow. This slowly transitioned into that olive/chartreuse green and eventually aqua, as you'll see later.
When it came to creating the tags, I started by picking out a phrase that was relevant to gift-giving. Once I found a sentiment that worked, I drew on that piece's other elements--color, pattern, etc--to build the rest of the tag.
All the little triangles here, from the patterned papers to the line of metallic rose gold ones on the circle, helped shape this first tag. I used a 3" x 4" cut from the 'Embrace' 12 x 12 paper, and then made a die cut bow out of the same pattern from the 6 x 6 paper pad. Given the smaller scale of the paper pad, it's almost as if they are 2 different patterns! (**The bow dies are by Little B.)
Instead of making a list of current loves, as this tag prompts, I repurposed it for my recipient by spelling YOU in the rose gold puffy stickers. Now I've got the perfect topper for a future package!
I can't get enough of the marble pattern from Live More! It's absolutely exquisite! The card prompt "you are my favorite" from the 'Rise' paper is one I couldn't wait to use for a tag. The colors, sentiment, and marbling made it pretty easy to create a few backing layers. It didn't need much more, actually, just a little bit of texture, a la ribbons and doilies, plus a couple of coordinating paper scraps from LM. Lastly, I added a pink fringe bow and a pop of bright colored chipboard.
The third tag is an encouragement to be yourself. This is another snippet from the 'Rise' paper and it didn't need much more to become a tag. I continued the doily trend with a couple of die cuts just rightly tucked behind the Wild and Free piece. A bit of lace and the "imperfection is lovely" sticker (plus a tassel) were added to the front.
Now that I had most of my tags complete, it was time to use them on a couple of packages. The finished size of the tags is roughly 4" x 4" and they work well for large or small gifts. I wrapped a couple of 4 x 4 jewelry boxes with Live More papers (this pink and gray one--'Goals'-- just happens to perfectly coordinate with the Wild and Free tag). All I have to do is attach the tag to the top of the box (a bit of double stick tape or a foam dot works for that)--so simple!
I've created another tag/paper-wrapped box style, too. Here's my aqua tag and I matched the die cut bow I made to the patterned paper, again using the 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 sizes of 'Freedom' for the variation in scale.
I can add the pre-made tags to any packages, even plain boxes. If you love to papercraft but hate wrapping presents, this wrapping style is for you!
And here's one more packaging trick: Berry boxes were all the rage a couple of years ago (I still love them, and think you can still find them at Michael's). I filled mine with my extra tags and gold tinsel. A strip of fabric tied around the box and a quick initial tag is another easy way to wrap a quick gift.
I just stapled an acetate alpha to a white strung tag here--you don't always have to get fancy or add a lot of details and layers. These alphas especially are useful for creating something quickly because they're large and colorful.
I put my tags in the berry box, but you could fill it with any number of small treats and it's a fun, eye-catching present. (How about a few chocolate eggs for Easter? Live More has a beautiful spring palette!)
Are you ready to go whip up your own tags and packaging now?!